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Prize-worthy research on efficient energy conversion

Posted 31 October 2013 by Beatrix Dumsky

The international Science Award Electrochemistry from BASF and Volkswagen goes in 2013 to Dr. Karl Mayrhofer, Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung, Düsseldorf. Mayrhofer, born 1977 in Villach, Austria, received the prize connected with €50.000 for the outstanding results of his research on electrocatalysts, which are crucial for the life expectancy of fuel cells. Mayrhofer who also leads the Electrocatalysis Group at the MPI in Düsseldorf gave us insight into the world of electrocatalysis and what part it plays in energy conversion. Dr. Mayrhofer congratulations to the... Read more

Why Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2013 goes to computational modelers

Posted 18 October 2013 by Beatrix Dumsky

The natural sciences discovered the power of intelligent machinery, when personal computers were still in their infancy: In the 70s, Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel broke ground for programs that are used to understand and predict chemical processes and received the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. As quantum chemical methods provide almost chemical accuracy, computational methods are developed to reproduce and rationalize effects and to compare with experimental data. Ansgar Schäfer is responsible for Quantum Chemistry at BASF and explains why the... Read more

Asymmetric catalysis enables selective synthesis

Posted 28 June 2013 by Beatrix Dumsky

Professor Nicolai Cramer of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne received this year’s BASF Catalysis Award at the Heidelberg Forum of Molecular Catalysis today. Professor Cramer, who was born in Stuttgart in 1977, received the award for his work on catalytic processes used to synthesize biologically active molecules. Professor Cramer is the head of the laboratory for asymmetric catalysis and synthesis in Lausanne. The BASF Catalysis Award is worth € 10 000. The science journalist Klaus Jopp interviewed Professor Cramer and found... Read more